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Officials prep for Phase 2 of reopening North Country economy

The North Country region is on track to meet the requirements for Phase 2 reopening this weekend. Phase 2 reopening includes hair salons and barber shops, insurance and financial services, real estate and rental leasing, retail and administrative support. To trigger this phase, the region has ...

Local beaches aren’t open yet

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says some state beaches will open up for Memorial Day weekend, albeit with serious restrictions to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. He said municipalities can open their beaches, too, if they follow state guidelines, but don’t expect local beaches to be open this ...

Adirondack Health announces COVID-19 testing times, locations

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has announced dates, times and locations for the next week of its free drive-thru coronavirus testing clinic. Testing is open to everyone, symptomatic or asymptomatic, regardless of employment status or category. A doctor’s order is suggested but not ...

Mirror Lake sidewalk work starts Tuesday

LAKE PLACID — Starting Tuesday, work will begin on the Mirror Lake sidewalk improvements project. This is a joint project of the village of Lake Placid and the town of North Elba. At various times, work will be done from the area of the former Boathouse restaurant to Harbor Lane. Parts ...

With more COVID-19 data, testing, reason for optimism — and caution

With expanded testing capabilities, more data on the novel coronavirus is now available for this region. A clearer picture of the scope of the pandemic in this area is slowly emerging, and public health officials see reason for optimism — and caution. The number of tests processed from ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Ruth Hart, 2018 Lake Placid volunteer of the year

LAKE PLACID — In May 2018, Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Ruth Hart during the first Lake Placid Community Day at the North Elba Show Grounds. She was honored as the 2018 Lake Placid-North Elba Adult Distinguished Volunteer of the Year and was 99 years old at the time. On May ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Bambi Pedu, Lake Placid Public Library

LAKE PLACID — In May 2018, Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Lake Placid Public Library Director Bambi Pedu during the first Lake Placid Community Day & Picnic at the North Elba Show Grounds. During the coronavirus pandemic, the library has been closed to the public, and ...

Tri-Lakes schools will break early for summer

Schools are beginning summer break early this year. How early depends mostly on their disrupted spring break schedule. Tupper Lake students got in a one-week February break before the coronavirus pandemic prompted the state to move classes online, so they will stay in school a little ...

Different landscape for nature seekers

Tourism experts continue to predict a sluggish return to normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the Adirondack Park’s unique draws — millions of acres of wild lands and a wealth of outdoor destinations — has many locals still anticipating a rush of nature-seekers this Memorial Day ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Smiley Grady, Carry the Load participant

LAKE PLACID — In 2018, Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Ryan ‘Smiley” Grady, of Lake Placid, about his participation in one of the month-long Carry the Load events. Grady shared stories about walking and biking for the 2,100-mile Carry the Load East Coast Relay, which began ...

US, Canada, Mexico extend their border restrictions

TORONTO — The U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to extend their agreements to keep their shared borders closed to non-essential travel to June 21 during the coronavirus pandemic. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday, May 19 the border is a source of vulnerability, so the ...

Local high schools prepare unique send-offs for seniors

Lawn signs dot the front yards of local high school seniors, some schools are planning parades, and the Class of 2020 is preparing for what will surely be unique commencement ceremonies. Saranac Lake High School has announced that each student’s commencement will be recorded separately. ...

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing hits the road full-time

Adirondack Health’s mobile COVID-19 testing clinic started to make its rounds Tuesday, May 19 in Saranac Lake and Keene, and the organization says it has enough kits to give free swab and blood tests to anyone who wants one. The mobile clinic, run out of an recreational vehicle initially ...

No parades, gatherings this Memorial Day

The spread of the novel coronavirus has derailed many annual Memorial Day ceremonies this year, but the sacrifice of military members across the nation won’t be forgotten. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during his daily press briefing in Albany on Tuesday, May 19 that Memorial Day ...

Hiking this weekend? Ticks don’t do social distancing

Tick season is heating up in the Adirondacks, and while most people are focused on not contracting COVID-19 right now, local physicians, infectious disease experts and tick-borne illness experts are worried people may forget that another viral danger lurks in the woods. Tick-borne illnesses ...

No comments for APA on Lake Placid reclassification

LAKE PLACID — A virtual public hearing hosted by the state Adirondack Park Agency on Friday, May 15, on a proposed reclassification of land to make way for a new housing development in Lake Placid, drew more than 20 listeners but no specific comments on the proposal. The agency will accept ...

Keene 18-year-old accused of sexual abuse of minor

KEENE — An 18-year-old male from Keene has been accused of forcibly sexually abusing a 14-year-old. The older teen, whose name has not been released because he was deemed a youthful offender, was arrested by New York State Police at 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 15 and charged with first-degree ...

Here’s how to vote in the NY Dem primary

To vote in the primary election you must be a registered Democrat. The deadline to change parties has already passed, but you can register to vote for the first time until May 29. Polling locations will be open on election day, and both Franklin and Essex counties will have one early voting ...

Camp Treetops in Lake Placid cancels 2020 summer season

LAKE PLACID — Officials at Camp Treetops at North Country School announced last week that they are canceling the 2020 summer season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Camp Director Karen Culpepper wrote about the decision on the Treetops blog Saturday, May 16, titled, “An Important and ...